Dear Dad.

Dear Dad,

I love you, I love you, I really love you.

I love you for all the things you are.

I love you for all the things you are not.

I love you for always being you.

I love you for always being willing to change you.

I love that you always hold the door for me.

I love that you make me a sandwich every morning to take for lunch.

I love that you clean all the snow off my car before I wake up.

I love that you always shovel out my car.

I love that you always say, “be safe” before I go out.

I love that you always leave the light on until I get home.

I love that you love me.

I love you.

 

I Thank You.

I thank you for always being there for me as a little girl.

I thank you for always volunteering to coach my teams because no other parent would.

I thank you for taking me for an ice cream cone after every little league game.

I thank you for playing catch with me every day when you got home from work just because I was sitting on the porch,

I was sitting on the porch. Waiting. Always waiting. To be with you.

I thank you for helping me move things.

I thank you for always giving me my space.

I thank you for leaving work to help change my tire on the highway.

I thank you for checking the oil levels on my car.

I thank you for your (slim) patience.

I thank you for all that you you do.

I thank you .

 

I Forgive You.

I forgive you for not being there for my in my teenage years.

I forgive you for withholding financial burdens from our family.

I forgive you for hating me.

I forgive you for all the fights.

I forgive you for kicking me out 14.

I forgive you for taking me back.

I forgive you taking my money to support the family.

I forgive you for the lying.

I forgive you for the drinking.

I forgive you for the various abuses.

I forgive you for all the yelling.

I forgive you for the broken glass.

I forgive you the holes in the walls.

I forgive you for your words.

I forgive you for your homophobic rants.

I forgive you for your racial jokes.

I forgive you for letting me hate myself.

 

I love you, I love you, I really love you.

I love you for coming back to my life.

I love you for realizing the mistakes you’ve made.

I love you for loving me.

I love you for accepting me.

I love you for being the best dad you can be.

I love you for showing me how a woman should be treated.

I love you for showing me how a woman shouldn’t be treated.

I love you being the first, last, and only man I will ever love.

 

I love you, I love you, I really love you.

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